For this financial year only (2013/14), the County Council set aside £1m from the Capital Programme for a programme of improvements to community centres and village halls. This budget has been added to the existing Community Buildings Capital Fund and will be granted to projects meeting the criteria below taking place in this financial year and 2014/15.
The aim of the programme is to focus primarily on projects which provide improvements that reduce running costs. By way of example at one end of the scale, the provision of a modern central heating boiler could have a significant effect on heating costs. At the other end of the scale would be the merging of two self-standing facilities into one. An example could be the building of an extension onto an existing centre to accommodate the needs of another local group which was previously housed in an old, inadequate building with very high maintenance and heating bills.
The programme is not designed to be over prescriptive and innovative ideas for projects are encouraged.
Hampshire County Council can fund up to a maximum grant of £25,000. Normally we would expect match funding of 50% of the total project costs. If you wish to apply for more than £25,000, it is also anticipated that two or three grants of up to £200,000 will be awarded for projects which substantially improve the building to increase usage or which enable the joint use of a building by the merger of two or more groups. There is a different application process for these larger proposals. (The process for the requests over £25,000 is now closed).
The Community Buildings Capital Fund is open for applications all year.
20 March 2014
To be confirmed - mid-May 2014
25 July 2014
16 September 2014
24 November 2014
19 January 2015
Organisations will not normally be awarded more than one grant per financial year (previously funded projects must be completed before a new application is made). If an organisation requires an emergency request outside of the above dates please contact CCBSgrants@hants.gov.uk.
The Community Buildings Capital Fund supports capital based projects including refurbishment and improvement of Hampshire community centres, village halls and charitable and voluntary organisations (which offer a full and varied open access community programme).
The following organisations are not funded under this scheme:
The following projects are not funded under this scheme:
The Community Buildings Capital Fund is open to the following community based organisations who benefit a local community/local communities in Hampshire, improving the quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged:
These organisations must be properly constituted with clear and effective local governance and management structures.
Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. Where it is judged that unallocated reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes, those organisations may receive a reduced grant. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.
Where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation will be expected to submit supporting documentation. All documentation will be used, alongside the application form, to assess against the grant criteria.
Organisations will also be expected to submit the following documents for all projects;
An energy audit or similar document for community building.
Capital based projects must fall into one or more of the following categories:
Organisations need to demonstrate:
Applicants will be expected to have obtained permission from the landlord to undertake the capital work. If required applicants will also be expected to have obtained planning permission and/or listed buildings consent (if appropriate) to carry out the works.
In order to assist voluntary organisations apply for funds from other sources, Hampshire County Council may support the costs of feasibility studies. Applications will be considered for 50% of the cost of such studies up to a maximum of £500.
Hampshire County Council will normally fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs not exceeding a maximum grant of £25,000.
If you need any further information or advice please contact the Community Support Team.
Hampshire County Council
Telephone 01962 845390